Sweet and Sour Meatballs


This sweet and sour meatball recipe came from my mother-in-law. I got it shortly after I was married and now it is a favorite of our kids. I like to serve it over rice.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins



  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 egg

  • salt and pepper to taste

Sweet and Sour Sauce:

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • ½ cup cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Make meatballs: Mix beef, bread crumbs, onion, egg, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl until well combined.

    Overhead of meatball ingredients sitting in a bowl, ready to be mixed.

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  2. Shape mixture into 1 1/2-inch diameter balls.

    Overhead of uncooked meatballs resting on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

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  3. Cook meatballs in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until evenly browned and cooked through.

    Meatballs being cooked in a skillet with sauce in a bowl off to the side.

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  4. Make sauce: Mix brown sugar, water, ketchup, vinegar, soy sauce, and cornstarch together in a medium bowl until smooth.

  5. Pour sauce over meatballs. Reduce heat to low and simmer until sauce is thick, 3 to 5 minutes.

    Meatballs cooking in a skillet with red sauce added and bubbling.

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  6. Serve hot and enjoy!

    high angle looking at a plate full of saucy sweet and sour meatballs


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

601 Calories
26g Fat
71g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 601
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 878mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 51g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 477mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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